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Rose SL, Tidwell AL, Bujnoch LJ, Kushwaha AC, Nordmann AS, Sexton R. Implementation of breast tomosynthesis in a routine screening practice: an observational study. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013;200(6):1401-1408.


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ANNUAL PARK WITH ART EXHIBIT AND SALE: The Taylor-Brawner House Foundation and the City of Smyrna are pleased to present the fourth annual fine art exhibit and sale at Smyrna’s beautiful Taylor-Brawner House; 3182 Atlanta Road-Smyrna. The event kicks off with a preview and reception on Friday evening October 6th, which will include a ‘silent auction’, followed by nine days of exhibits and demonstrations. Over two dozen award-winning regional artists will have their jury selected original art on display, and every medium will be represented, from oil and acrylic to watercolor, fiber art and wood. Come to browse and enjoy, or come to shop, but don’t miss seeing this large collection of fine art. This will be a great opportunity to find that special holiday gift. Opening day reception is Friday October 6th, 6:00 - 9:00pm, daily October 7th to 15th noon to 5:00pm, and open to 7:00pm on the 11th and 12th. Find more details on Facebook at “Taylor-Brawner Park With Art” or call 678-637-5545. Free admission. 4TH ANNUAL HAUNTED HOUSE AT GRIFFIN MIDDLE SCHOOL: Looking for some fun Halloween events this month? Be sure to check out the best Haunted House this side of Atlanta! Mark your calendar for the weekend of October 27th, and bring the entire family out to Griffin Middle School on that Friday or Saturday for some scary and spooktacular fun, now in it’s 4th year! The event is 6pm-9pm each night, and tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door, and children 5 & under are free. For additional details, visit . This annual event is a fundraiser for the Griffin Middle School Foundation, and the school is located at 4010 King Springs Rd, SE, in Smyrna. CHILDRENS HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARADE: The Smyrna Police Department will be hosting its 3rd Annual Children’s Halloween Costume Parade Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. This event is FREE. Registration begins at 8:30 am in the rear parking lot of Smyrna First Baptist Church (1275 Church St. SE, Smyrna 30080) and the parade starts at 9:30 am. The parade will travel north on King Street (from the church parking lot and through the festival area), around Village Green Circle and end at the Veterans Memorial lawn. Four guest judges will award a prize to the winner with the best costume in three age groups: Newborn - 2 years, old, 3 - 6 years old, and 7 - 12 years old. FALL JONQUIL FESTIVAL: Saturday and Sunday, October 28th & 29th FREE ADMISSION, fun for the whole family!! The Jonquil Festival has a history of over 20 years and will feature over 175 hand-made arts & crafts booths, local non-profit booths, puppet shows, live music, plenty of festival foods, and children’s activities. Artisans are from all over the southeast and feature their own hand made crafts, paintings, clothing, furniture, jewelry and much more. 200 Village Green Circle SE, Smyrna, GA 30080. JONQUIL CITY INVESTMENT CLUB: Jonquil City Investment Club is a Smyrna-based all-female club looking for new members interested in attending monthly educational meetings and investing small amounts of money in the stock market. For more information contact Cindy Acker, Senior Partner, at MOMS CLUB OF SMYRNA WEST: MOMS Club® of Smyrna-West is a national non-profit organization which offers support to stay-at-home mothers. Our chapter includes mothers of all ages, as well as those who work part-time, in or out of the home. We offer you the opportunity to share activities during the weekday with other moms and their children. MOMS Club plans a monthly calendar full of events for mothers and their children, including park play dates, playgroups, trips to local attractions, Mom’s Night Out and more. MCSW includes the King Springs, Norton Park and Smyrna Elementary School, AND Nickajack and Teasley districts. Our monthly meetings are the first Thursday of each month at Life Church on King Springs Rd. at 10 am. For more information contact us at momsclubofsmyrnawest@ SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: The Smyrna Business Association was formed in the Spring of 1983, by a small group of business persons that were interested in making the Smyrna area a more inviting place in which to live and do business. Luncheon meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at the Smyrna Community Center from 11:30am-1pm. Join the SBA for 12 months for only $100 and receive a year of unparalleled networking and business opportunities in your area. For more information, please visit

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VININGS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: Join us for our monthly luncheon held the first Tuesday of each month at various locations TBA, from 11:30 to 1pm. Important issues affecting your business will be discussed. Speakers and Agenda TBA. The VBA consists of business owners and managers committed to the enhancement of the economic vibrancy of Vinings and the promotion of its physical and financial health of the community through social, cultural, and business networking activities. For meeting times, and locations, please visit (Continued on page 26)

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Over the summer, I had the opportunity to teach three tech camps. Two of them, Minecraft Engineering and Beginning Game Programming, were not new; I’d taught these the previous two summers. But the third one, Build Your Own Computer, was completely new... and going into the camp, I really had no idea how the kids would react to it. Now, this isn’t a full-size computer that likely comes to mind when you hear the word ‘computer.’ This is a device called a Raspberry Pi, and if you haven’t heard of it, I’ll explain shortly. Each camper was provided with the kit and a memory card (to hold the operating system) and a 40-page workbook that provided the instructions for installing the operating system as well as some games and activities to do to learn how to use the new computer. The keyboard, mouse, and monitor were provided by t h e school (Whitefield Academy), and at the end of the camp, the kids went home with their little computer. All parents needed to find or purchase was a mouse and keyboard (under $10) and a cable to connect to their TV or just use the one from an existing computer. The Raspberry Pi kit is tiny. About the size of a credit card. And the kit comes with a small plastic case to protect it. A small micro SD card is used to hold the NOOBS (New-Out-Of-Box) operating system that is very similar to Windows. The workbook was easy to follow, and the kids were up and running fast. Of course, the first pre-installed app most of them found and played was a version of Minecraft! (This version teaches coding, so young programmers can play and learn at the same time.) This particular Raspberry Pi supports WiFi; the workbook showed them how to connect to the WiFi network and the included web browser gave them access to the Internet (well, the parts that the school’s security settings allowed). A handful of games and tools allowed them to create music, edit photos, and learn to code in the free Scratch programming tool ( for more details). I tell you all this because if you’ve got a young techy in the house who likes computers or programming or just plain ol’ Minecraft, then you’ll be happy to know that this particular kit and workbook are available to purchase through Amazon for under $XXXX.00. (I’ll include links below). The workbook is titled Raspberry Pi Projects Workbook and is from DK. I’ve written about DK books before, particularly their coding books for kids. This one is in full-color and is easy enough for any kid to follow along... or an adult with a kid’s supervision.

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The computer kit itself is from CANA. It includes the Raspberry Pi computer, a power cable and wall adapter, a clear case, and instructions for installing the Pi in the case. You’ll also need to purchase a 16GB or higher micro SD card, and I’d recommend a 32GB to give the computer room to grow. If your child bores of the NOOB operating system, there are more advanced operating systems (free) that can be installed on the memory card. Once the Raspberry Pi is assembled and the operating system installed, plug a USB mouse and USB keyboard into any of the four free USB slots. The computer can be hooked up to a television with an HDMI port (standard these days) and HDMI cable. The CANA Raspberry Pi kit is a great (and fast) hands-on activity that provides a nice tool for learning to use a computer (creating files, saving, deleting) without putting your home or work computer/laptop at risk. Kids can learn to program, and there are even tutorials online for using the Pi to program robots, create mini arcade systems, and more. Here are some useful links ( Cana Raspberry Pi Kit: Raspberry Pi Projects Workbook: Useful Online Help and Projects:

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October 28th - 29th Saturday from 10am- 6pm Sunday 12pm-5pm The Fall Jonquil Festival is located on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna on October 28 and 29, 2017. There will be 15 arts and crafts booths, 12 food booths, and plenty of children’s activities. The show will also feature a local entertainment stage. The Fall Jonquil Festival will be open from Saturday 10am-6pm and on Sunday from Noon-5pm. The Fall Jonquil Festival is located on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna. With over 20 years of history, the Jonquil Festival will once again feature over 175 hand-made arts & crafts booths, local non-profit booths, puppet shows, live music, plenty of festival foods, and children’s activities. Artisans are from all over the southeast and feature their own hand made crafts, paintings, clothing, furniture, jewelry and much more. As always, there will be food and plenty of it! The Jonquil Festival will feature pizza, cotton candy, candy apples, corn dogs, hand-dipped ice cream, snow cones, polish sausage, chicken sandwiches, and BBQ and more. Kids can enjoy interactive inflatable activities, sand art, costume contest and a children’s costume parade for the kids will kick off Saturday morning at 9:30 am. Prizes will be awarded for best costume in three age groups. Also featured with be the Friends of the Smyrna Library book sale and Keep Smyrna Beautiful jonquil bulb sale. Back again with his puppets in tow will be Puppeteer Peter Hart who is a huge crowd favorite with his unique marionettes and puppet characters that sing, dance, juggle, play the fiddle, and more. Last but certainly not least, enjoy the smooth sounds of Scott Thompson on the Veteran’s Memorial lawn adjacent to the Fall Jonquil food court on Saturday and Sunday. J. Scott Thompson has played with and opened for legendary artists Steve Cropper, Leon Russell, Jimmy Hall and Charlie Daniels.

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October... the month of tricks, treats and frightening tales. In honor of this month, I have a very scary story to share with you. Hold on to your socks and put down your breakfast, this is a doozy! As most of you all know by now if I am wearing make-up I am wearing lashes…with me- it’s all or nothing. There is no in between. So in mid June or so I started noticing my eye was feeling a bit itchy. I had just purchased new lash glue so I immediately blamed it on that. I then took a break from lashes for about a month and it got better. August came, the lashes were back on and so was the itch but next came the red puffy next step? Well (of course) I went straight to “Dr. Google”! I typed “red, itchy, swollen eyelids at the lash line” then hit enter. Instantly and to my shock and horror LASH MITES popped up! WHAT? ( Dr. Google goes straight to worse case scenario) Of course I jump right on the crazy train and just knew I had them...I called my doctor immediately for an appointment. They could see me in 2 days. TWO DAYS! It seemed like an eternity. Are you kidding me, I have to live with tiny bugs in my eyes for 2 days??? I went back to “Dr. Google” after all he is always on call. I then read how they could lay 12 eggs per hair follicle...I AM DYING, emotionally!!!! He also said that I could treat it at home with tea tree oil. Got it- tea tree oil. I ran to the bathroom and instantly blinded myself with tea tree shampoo (DO NOT DO THIS). Then he said they come out at night. So of course I felt them partying all over my face ALL NIGHT LONG for 2 LONG NIGHTS! Finally, I walk- actually run into my optometrist office and tell her I’m exhausted, grossed out and desperate! I tell her that I feel sure I have lash mites. I could even feel them running all over my face as I tried to sleep... She looked at me, calm as a cucumber and with a smirk as she said, “ You DO NOT have lash mites”. She had not even used her microscope, I felt sure she was wrong...she took me into her exam room to appease me. After a long extensive look she said, “NO you do not have lash mites. You don’t even have an allergic reaction.” I was shocked! If not lash mites then what? I basically had a friction burn. I put lashes on in the same place on my eyelid then ripped them off- over and over and over. This is very similar to putting a Band-Aid on in the same place and ripping it off every single day. What a relief! LASH MITES-HOLY SMOKES WHAT ARE THEY? *Demodex is a genus of tiny mites that live in or near hair follicles of mammals. Around 65 species of Demodex are known. Two species live on humans: Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis, both frequently referred to as eyelash mites. P.S. They are harmless. HOW DO YOU GET THEM? Some website and doctors say we all have them, hanging out in our lashes everyday. Other sites say you can get them if you have bacteria around your eyes from not washing off your make-up or poor hygiene. They are also found in the lashes of people with a compromised immune system.

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It was an amazing night for both performers and spectators. The People’s Choice Winners were Mark Hall and Kiki Sylvestar, and the Judge’s Choice Winners were Kathryn Harbour and Chris Bosak. Our Town’s Tara Hanover and her partner, John Scroggins, lead off the evening with “Singing in the Rain” and wowed the crowd with a great performance. Tara told us, “This was such a wonderful experience. Loving Arms is such a great grass roots organization and cancer patients will benefit from this enjoyable and successful fundraiser. Loving Arms Cancer Outreach offers support groups, assists cancer patients with their bills and groceries, and they have AMAZING volunteers. Their motto is “There is Life after Cancer!”


• Use a warm compress over the eyes to loosen up make-up. Simply run a washcloth under warm water and then soak the eyes for about 30 seconds. • Use traditional non-oily eye make-up remover pads, unscented baby wipes, or cotton pads dipped in cold milk and swipe across the eyelids, then downward. Avoid swiping upward as this can loosen up the under eye skin over time. • Avoid using facial cleanser to clean the eyelid area due to the eyelid area having thinner skin and requiring products formulated with milder ingredients. • Always remove eye make up before washing the rest of your face.

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• Coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer to use on and around the eyelids and has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Coconut oil can give relief to eczema patches around the skin if traditional treatment (steroids) is not working. Please keep in mind coconut oil should not be used on any open wounds. • If you need to remove some kind of debris (like lash glue) or if your eye lid is irritated you can buy a product called -OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Plus- you can find it basically anywhere from WalMart to Amazon.

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PROTECTING YOUR INVESTMENT: PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR MAJOR STORMS In light of the recent Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey, many homeowners are left wondering if they’ve done all tha they can to protect their home during hurricane season. For those of us further inland, tropical storms are still a concern. Since your home is likely one of your largest investments, keeping it safe should be among your top priorities. In preparation for these seasonal storms, here are some of the many steps you can take to protect both your home and property.

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Trim your trees: Before hurricane season, trim any dead branches and remove damaged trees on your property, as these are among the primary dangers to your home during strong storms. Upkeep gutters and downspouts: To prevent flooding and damage to your property, make sure to clear debris and clogs from rain gutters and downspouts frequently. Additionally, make sure all gutters and downspouts are anchored securely so that strong winds can’t dislodge them. Be especially sure to double check these areas of your home if you are given adequate warning of a tropical storm or hurricane coming towards your area.

Consider storm shutters: If you’re living in an area prone to high winds throwing objects around, you should consider installing storm shutters. When given notice of an incoming storm, close your storm shutters and stay away from windows to protect yourself from any flying glass that a broken window could introduce to your home.

Lower your refrigerator temperature: Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest setting and then avoid opening them. In the event of a power outage, this will keep the food longer. Additionally, freeze a cup of water and place a coin on top, leaving it in your freezer. After the power outage, if you find the coin at the bottom of the ice, you’ll know that your food thawed and froze again and may not be safe for consumption.

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Store outdoor objects: Bring in any loose objects that are light enough to become projectiles in high winds. These include patio furniture, garbage cans, umbrellas, and hammocks. Objects that are unsafe or impractical to bring inside, including propane tanks and trampolines, should be carefully secured so that they cannot be blown away. After the storm, be sure to take these steps to ensure safety and prevent any (further) damage.

Watch where you step: Look out for debris and downed power lines as you patrol your property for damage.

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Mr. President

by Mark Orler

If I were to write a book on what a person could do to become the most hated individual in their neighborhood it would consist of one sentence, “Do everything you can to get elected as your homeowner’s association president, and then just wait.” Two years ago I made the mistake of attending our annual homeowner’s association meeting because the board was considering bankrupting the association to pay for some insane construction project and I thought that was a bad idea. So like an idiot when they opened the floor for comments I stood up during the meeting and said, “I think bankrupting the association for this project is a bad idea.” Next thing I know, I am voted in as a representative on the board for our area and in a blur, elected as president of the whole association. Literally within the span of two hours I went from being “the nice guy on the corner lot with all the kids” to “the jerk that is telling me I can’t park my car on cinder blocks in my front yard.” When I came home that evening I told my wife what had happened and she said, “Just great, now I am married to THAT guy.” I have kind of felt a commiseration with our current President of the United States in this way. I know he spent millions of dollars and a year of his life campaigning for the office he currently holds as opposed to just standing up and saying, “Really? No one else is willing to do this!” But I can’t help but feel, based purely on his tweets and actions, that he never truly wanted the job. Oh sure, he may be the most likeable guy in the world, but now you would think he was Satan incarnate if you were to read, click, watch or generally pay attention to any media available; all simply based on his job change.

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Just like our President, I have been threatened with lawsuits, physical harm, slandered and generally abused by my fellow residents simply for requesting that they do things like take the time to pick up after their dog once it makes a “deposit” on someone else’s property, per the Covenants mind you. Yes, Mr. Smith, I am speaking to you and that little poo-maker you call a Yorkie! And just like our President I have even been threatened with impeachment by one “neighbor” that quickly dropped his petition when he realized that NOBODY in his or her right mind was willing to replace me. By the way Mr. Smith, feel free to ‘visit’ his yard on your daily stroll with Chompers (wink-wink). The rest of the book that I would write would have detailed instructions on how to remove toilet paper from trees, broken eggs from doors, soap from windshields and how to regrow grass that has been killed by gasoline spelling out “you suc” from your front lawn. I guess gas cans don’t come with spell check? The last page of the book would be a quotation of the Golden Rule with one postscript, “do unto others as you would have done to you….then duck.” Mr. Smith knows how to throw.

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3044 DUE WEST ROAD, DALLAS, GA 770433-9672 October 21st from 11am-4pm. $10 admissions (children 3 and under free) Includes live music, hayrides, jump houses, face painting, games, crafts pony rides cakes walks and more.

The Farm is open until November 2nd. Open from 10am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. Concession is open all weekend. Pumpkins are for sale at the Pumpkin Pickin’ Patch everyday. Farm admission is $15 for adults, $12 for children. This price includes the corn maze, hayride, petting zoo and moonwalks. Pony rides, camel rides and the Euro-bunny are available on weekends for $5 each. On weekends families are welcome after 2pm to visit the corn maze, the petting zoo, moonwalks for the kids, hayrides and pumpkin shopping.


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Open October weekends, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm. Big Springs Farms has a variety of pumpkins for everyone. From the tiniest “wee be little; weighting one pound to the “Big Max” weighing approximately 50-60 pounds and all sizes in between.

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Free Admission and Free Parking. Hayrides are$ 4 per person. Bounce House is $3 per child. Face painting, and farm animals are also on site.

Weekend Visitors: Pumpkin Patch Farm welcomes guests without an appointment each Saturday and Sunday during the month of October from 10am5pm. Admission is $7.50 plus tax for adults and children and includes Hayrides, Animal Barnyard, Stick Horse Corral, Hay Maze, Pumpkin Ring Toss, and John Deere Pedal Tractors. Face painting is also available for a nominal charge.


School Tours: Pumpkin Patch Farm offers tours to school groups and daycares by appointment only weekday mornings through the month of October. Discount rates are available for weekday morning school and daycare group tours. Please call 770773-2617 for an appointment.

BERRY PATCH FARMS 786 Arnold Mill Rd. • Woodstock, GA 30188 770-926-0561 • Open weekends from October 1st- Oct 30th from 10.00am to 7 pm Weekdays from October 17th-28th from 3:30pm-7pm Weekday mornings October 17th-28h – 9:30am3:30pm reserved for groups with reservations. Parking on Weekends is $2.00. Take the hayride out to the Pumpkin Patch -- A great picture-taking opportunity for the parents! Pick out your pumpkins and take the hayride back to get some apple cider, a homemade fried pie and some boiled peanuts and popcorn. The kids will enjoy the playground and baby farm animals.



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5 Burts Pumpkin Farm Road • Dawsonville, Ga 30534 Burt’s Farm is open through October 31st from 9am- to 6pm daily and November 1st-November 10 from 9am to 5pm. Admission and parking are free and hayride tickets are $6.00 (children 2 and under are free) Pumpkins are the stars of the show here and Burt’s guarantees the perfect pumpkin for you. The hayride is a two -mile journey through the mountain farm. In addition they feature a Country Store full of goodies and fall décor.


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Pumpkins, Hayrides & Corn Maze Hayrides around the Farm and Corn Maze are $12 per person. (Kids under 3 free) Pumpkins range between $4- $20 depending on size. Farm animals, sunflower field, family photography sessions, country store and field trips available.

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TIPS FOR MODERNIZING YOUR KITCHEN Whether your kitchen is a true fixer-upper from decades ago or your once-trendy laminate countertop and linoleum flooring fell out of style fast, it may be time to modernize your outdated kitchen. With new design trends showcasing creative uses of colors, modern appliances, and functional design, there are endless ways to bring your kitchen into the present day. Whether you are trying to sell your home, or if you plan on staying in your space for generations to come – these ideas can help you transform your kitchen into the cooking space of your dreams.

Here are 10 creative ways to make your dull, outdated kitchen feel new and inviting once again.

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Outdated kitchens were made with materials that were popular decades ago, including metals used for kitchen hardware. With manufacturer’s releasing innovative materials and design trends following suit, it may be time to rethink your drawer pulls and lighting fixtures. Metals going modern in kitchen design include matte aluminum, stainless steel, brushed gold, and copper – try these materials out in your cabinetry hardware, pendant lighting, and range hood options.


Flooring is an area of your kitchen that is often forgotten, and yet plays a major role in your entire kitchen. If your flooring is keeping you in the past, try switching from your traditional rolled vinyl or linoleum flooring to a more resilient, timeless material — we’re talking wood, tile, or stone. These materials will last longer as well as boost the value of your home. In recent years, ceramic tile that mimics the look of hardwood has become popular, as well as travertine and slate.


Many outdated kitchens were built to include walls and walls of upper cabinetry to house dishes and cookware. Often times, these cabinets consume the eye and make the kitchen feel crowded. If you’re looking to open up the space of your kitchen and don’t have any room to grow outwards, consider removing the upper cabinets. This frees up the wall, allowing for modern open shelving with a few decorative items and dishware.


Your countertops also get a large portion of real estate in your kitchen. While outdated kitchens may have the inconvenient tile-and-grout or cheap vinyl for workspace, the variety of countertop surfaces options out there today are endless. From solid surfacing varieties that consist of resin and polymers to natural stone varieties such as marble and granite, there’s an option for everyone’s style and budget. Over the last few years, designers are becoming increasingly creative and are using heavy-duty structural materials for countertops. So add concrete, brick, tile, to your list, too.


Your kitchen is most likely the busiest area of your home, and the place people are most likely to congregate in. Modern kitchens embrace this by adding seating to the kitchen. Whether you choose countertop stools and seats at a breakfast bar, or you opt for a banquette or bench at a window side table, seating can make your kitchen have a whole new appeal. Busy families with children doing homework to parents entertaining friends while cooking make seating essential in your modern kitchen.


We’re all trying to lessen our carbon footprint, and your outdated kitchen appliances are a great place to start. If an appliance upgrade is in your future, be sure to make it energy efficient! You’ll get a modern look while saving water and energy — good for the earth and your bills. Consider replacing plumbing fixtures as well, as low-flow kitchen faucets save a lot of water. Updating your kitchen shouldn’t only be for aesthetics; it should also help save you money and the Earth’s resources.


New cabinets not in the cards for you? Painting and staining your kitchen’s existing cabinetry is a great option for homeowners on a budget. You could choose a vibrant and bold blue, or a dark, modern black finish to cover up outdated wood and dingy colored cabinets of yesteryear. From distressing doors to paint glazes and stains, you will be surprised how your elbow grease and some additional color will transform your old cabinetry into new.


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8. INSTALL NEW LIGHTING OPTIONS Once you have modernized the major components of your kitchen, don’t forget the lighting! While kitchen lighting can sometimes be an afterthought, it is essential for safety, ambiance, and versatility of your kitchen. If your kitchen solely contains one overhead ambient lighting fixture, look into recessed lighting for a modern illumination source. Consider installing a dimmer switch for versatility while entertaining, cooking, or just relaxing for a midnight snack! Pendant lighting over a kitchen island, under cabinet lighting to illuminate countertops, and chandeliers are all becoming great options for updated lighting sources.

9. ADD DECORATIVE ELEMENTS While you may not think about it, your kitchen is a great place to add decorative elements that bring a sense of you and your lifestyle into your kitchen. For many homeowners, plant shelves on top of cabinets allow room for plants, artwork, and other decorative items. Built-in display shelves below your kitchen island can showcase your prized kitchenware, your favorite cookbooks, or display an heirloom set of china passed down through generations. Add a vase of flowers, and a fresh bowl of lemons for a shot of color.


10. TAKE DOWN WALLS The compartmentalized and boxed-in feeling of outdated kitchens built generations ago is very common. If you’re looking to open up your kitchen and share the view with an adjacent dining room or living room – consider knocking down some partitions! This method works well for non load-bearing walls that don’t carry any structural value. Your kitchen can grow in size or it can just get opened up to other areas of your home. While your kitchen could look fabulous as-is, what would it look like without that bothersome wall? If you’re unsure if this is possible – consult a structural engineer or architect to see what possibilities there are for your kitchen.

From updating finishes and materials to bringing in color, illumination, and space – the options abound for your outdated kitchen. While you may not use all 10 of these ideas, see which ones are perfect for your lifestyle, budget, and family. We can’t wait to see what you’ll do with your space!



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HERE’S A SOBERING FACT: MORE THAN 45,000 CHILDREN EXPERIENCE HOMELESSNESS EACH YEAR IN GEORGIA. Granted this isn’t exactly a secret, but I had no idea the number was so high and it feels like such an invisible statistic to me. Most of us are fortunate enough to not have had to stare this demoralizing and heartbreaking issue down and climb the steep (and not always straight) road back to health and recovery. The Center for Children & Young Adults located in Marietta believes that every child deserves a safe place to sleep and their mission is to provide shelter, food and clothing to Metro Atlanta’s homeless youth and young adults who have been abused, abandoned, neglected or at risk. The CCYA is a part of the State of Georgia’s foster care system. Director, Kimberly Borna, calls CCYA Cobb County’s best-kept secret, which is definitely not their intention. We met with Kimberly and her staff last month to learn more about their organization and what we all can do to make a difference. The Center for Children and Young Adults operates three programs on their campus: Another Chance, Open Gate, and Life Works.

Another Chance provides shelter and housing for boys from ages 12 to 16 with 10 available beds on campus. The older boys may be eligible to work off campus, attend GED Prep study courses, and also may participate in Graduated Independence Plans (GIP) to build independence skills. All of the boys receive weekly on-site individual therapy, support groups, Title 1 Tutoring services and Life Skills workshops. They also do their own laundry, clean their rooms and bathrooms and help with chores for the common areas.

Open Gate provides 9 beds for girls aged 12-16. There is always a waiting list for the Open Gate girls’ home. The girls learn to grocery shop, cook meals with volunteers and campus chefs. CCYA has partnered with Cobb Master Gardeners and the campus garden produced 1000 pounds of produce this past year from gardens that have been planted and worked on the grounds. The kids are learning to appreciate the “farm to table” concept, the work and care that go into it, and they are also grateful for fresh foods and vegetables.

Life Works provides transitional housing for youth from ages 17-20. At age 18, each resident must sign themselves into the Independent Living Services (ILS) program. This program includes their basic needs of shelter, food, clothing assistance, as well as, educational assistance and support in earning a high school diploma or GED. Life Works focuses on helping youth succeed in life skills domains: work life, housing and money management, work and study skills, home life, career planning social relationships, communication, self-care, and daily life.

school last year and 4 of them enrolled in college this fall. Currently 13 seniors attend Cobb County high schools (Osborne, McEachern, Smitha, Pebblebrook and Marietta High School). Fourteen students have been recognized as Honor Students this year, as well. It’s amazing to see these kids succeed because most of them have experienced chronic trauma resulting in PTSD and other co-occuring mental health disorders and they end up here because there is really nowhere else to go. We try to give them a fresh start with as much support as possible from our staff, the community and generous outside donations.” These are triumphant accomplishments and the staff is filled with pride. CCYA is currently home to 4 frisky four legged friends that have been rescued and trained to serve as Therapy Dogs. Resident top dogs, Cody, Milleigh, Teddy, and Dallas provide so much more than therapy to the youth at CCYA and as you can imagine, many smiles from everyone who comes in contact with them.

What Can We Do to Help Make a Difference? CCYA has been blessed with many kind hearts and donations from individuals and organizations, but the kids have so little and there never seems to be enough to go around. An expansion for a limited amount of beds is in the works. They have partnered with the James M. Cox Foundation, Atlanta Braves Foundation, The Circle for Children Break Through Fellowship Church, Cumberland Community Church, Cobb EMC Community Foundation, DPR Construction, Warner Architectural Associates, NorthStar Psychological Services, The Cobb Chamber of Commerce and many more caring organizations. Donations of any size are appreciated and Kimie Tinsley, Director of Youth Activities and Volunteer services, coordinates volunteer services at CCYA.

The Pajama Pants Challenge November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month and for the third year in a row the CCYA will roll out their Pajama Pants Challenge. This program encourages local schools, PTAs, and civic groups to designate a day in November to donate $1.00 to wear their favorite pajama pants. Worksheets for classroom activities and homework assignments are available in the School Challenge Kit. Kimberly Borna said, “The Pajama Pants Challenge has been successful for us. We have found that the youth in our communities love to give back and this is such a great way for them to do it and support other kids in Cobb.” They plan to post group photos of participants on their Facebook page to share the love and generosity of Cobb County kids.

LAST NOVEMBER THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED THE CAMPAIGN: - Timber Ridge Elementary raised $521 that funded high school Graduation portraits, cap, gowns and fees for 5 seniors. - Kemp Elementary raised $348 that was used to purchase 200 rolls of toilet paper and 15 Twin Mattress Pads/Covers - Sope Creek Elementary raised $1285 that funded 3 Chromebooks for “After School Title 1 Tutoring”. - Murdock Elementary raised $825 that funded 21 twin sheet/pillow case sets & 35 large containers of laundry detergent.

Boys and girls that arrive at CCYA are referred through social services, law enforcement, schools and other community service providers. Most of them always have a past impacted by severe poverty, child abuse, domestic violence, and substance abuse. The youth that CCYA serves are in need of shelter, treatment care, and supervision because their parents or caregivers are either unwilling, homeless, incarcerated, suffer from addiction/mental illness or are deceased. Their length of stay depends on resources and placement option available to them.

- Westside Elementary raised $370 that funded 54 bed pillows and 17 bath mats.

On my visit to CCYA, last month, Jennifer La Braque, Development & Grants Management Officer, offered to give me a tour of the campus. As we made our way through the residential buildings she proudly described some of the recent success stories to come out of CCYA, “Five seniors graduated from high

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- Walton High School raised $500 that purchased 18/twin comforter/sham sets - Primrose of Woodstock raised $1000 that funded 50 haircuts for boys and 36 haircuts for girls. - Cherokee Charter Academy raised $500 that funded 110 individually wrapped after school and weekend snacks, 150 half pint carton of mils and 33 jumbo bags of cereal.

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NOVEMBER 28TH, 2017 Every November, Georgians give online to charities across the state on GEORGIA GIVES Day! This year to support National Homeless Youth Awareness Month; make a donation to support CCYA on Georgia Gives Day. Because every child deserves a safe place to sleep please visit: (The Center for Children and Young Adults) or donate directly to CCYA at www.gagivesorg/c/GGD/a/ccyakids/donate Any donation that is made impacts these kids. $3.00 buys a child a meal, $5.00 buys a bed pillow, $15.00 buys a pair of shoes, $50 buys 80 rolls of toilet paper and $100 buys a child: 2 pairs of pajama, 5 pairs of socks, 5 undershirts or bras,1 robe, 1 pair of slippers

Did You Know? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 1.3 million children in our country live without homes. The Center for Children & Young Adults are helping youth and young people to defy the odds. Recent findings from the Pew Research Institute report that youth turning 18 and leaving shelter homes to venture out on their own are struggling and this is why their program is so essential -• About 6,000 of these youth end up homeless each year • One in four will be incarcerated within the first two years after they leave shelter care; • More than 20 percent will become homeless at some time after age 18; • Approximately 58% had a high school degree at age 19, compared to 87% of a national comparison group of non-sheltered youth; and • Of youth who aged out of youth shelter care that are older than 25, less than 3% earned their college degrees, compared with 28% of the general population. We also believe every child deserves a chance and encourage you to help make a difference in the lives of these children. Giving can be the greatest gift that one receives. The Center for Children And Young Adults is located at 2221 Austell Road, Ste 110, Marietta, Georgia 30008 •770-485-1659 •

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Our neighborhood is filled with children, big and small running around and laughing in their costumes. When it comes to dogs, this is a holiday many of them would rather pass on and move straight to Thanksgiving! To our dogs, Halloween is when humans look weird, the doorbell will not quit ringing and their normal environment changes and all of this happens in the dark! Halloween is enough to send most dogs running for the hills! This year, we offer a few tips to keep your pup safe and happy when the scary skeletons roam your neighborhood.

1) Candy Safety: Everyone knows that dogs cannot have chocolate, but another very dangerous candy additive is xylitol. Xylitol is a sweetener added to many sugar-free gums, baked goods and candies and it is very dangerous to your dog. This chemical can cause damage to the pancreas and liver and, in some cases, the additive can be fatal to them. Signs of exposure to these toxic substances include vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, bruising and lethargy. Keep all candy and other goodies elevated and away from your dog and teach your children to never feed candy to dogs. If you suspect your dog has ingested chocolate, candy wrappers, xylitol or any other candy, see your veterinarian immediately. Do not wait to see signs of toxicity as waiting may place your dog’s health at risk.

2) Doorbell: We all know the sound that sends many dogs into orbit: ding-dong!!! The doorbell

rings over and over on Halloween, so what is an owner to do? You have a few options. Place your dog as far away from the noise as you can and provide them with music or a television on, maybe tuned to the Dog TV channel. Give them a special chew and let them relax in peace. Another choice is to have someone sit outside your home and hand out candy. This is the option we choose and it gives us the chance to interact with all our neighbors, see the costumes and make new friends. Make a party of it, bring some chairs, a cooler, and your candy and let the doorbell have the night off. Another option is to board them at a place like K-9 Coach or other trusted facility. But, book it now. Trust me, we will be fully committed for Halloween!


3) Costumes: OK - I know, the costumes for dogs can be really funny and cute. Dressing the Dachshund up as a hotdog is hilarious, no matter who you are! But some dogs are not really fashion focused and may not enjoy the extra attention a costume gets from strangers. Some dogs will panic, get scared or try to eat the costume off. Skip the costume if your pup doesn’t seem to enjoy looking like Yoda or your favorite Avenger.

4) Children: Halloween brings children, lots and lots of them. Now is not the time to work on

Fido and his lack of affinity for children. Even if your dog likes children, he may not like children in costumes or a mask, with glow sticks in the dark, running and screaming. If your dog shows signs of stress, or has in the past, leave them at home. If you have a child or children to watch, maybe taking Fido along should be skipped this year. Let’s face it, dividing your attention between children and the family dog can be challenging and lead to trouble just when you take your eyes off one or the other.

5) Decorations: Second to Christmas, Halloween decorations are my favorite! Pumpkins, scary

witches and bones, smoke machines and flameless candles round out my list. However, be sure that you think of your dog and her safety when decorating. Glass and plastic decorations should be elevated and electrical cords hidden out of sight from curious teeth. Any decoration that seems to frighten your dog, or cause a little too much curiosity, should be avoided. While it may seem funny that your dog jumped in the air at the skeleton dancing, these types of negative experiences can manifest into serious behavior issues that no owner wants to see in their dog. Enjoy the holiday and decorate fully, but make sure you keep your beloved furry companion in mind!

We hope you have a safe and fright filled Halloween and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

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*Dr. Shah was formally with Dr. Rothbloom in Smyrna and is currently with Milan Eye Center in Alpharetta.




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SMYRNA ROTARY: Smyrna Rotary meets every Tuesday at 12:15 at Brawner Hall for one hour of fellowship, great service projects in Smyrna, across the US as well as internationally, and excellent1 speakers. Upcoming speakers include Judge Ann Harris, Bob Barr, Otis Brumby and Ron Fennel.6 We are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good. We share 7 a passion for community service. With you, we can accomplish even more. To attend a meeting, please8 contact us at 11 SMYRNA BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Smyrna Business Exchange is Smyrna’s premier 13 close contact networking group representing over 30 local businesses (and growing). Meeting weekly 14 for almost a decade, members of the Smyrna Business Exchange pass business referrals to one an15 other over a light continental breakfast. The Smyrna Business Exchange meets at the Smyrna Com16 munity Center every Thursday morning from 7-8:30 a.m. If you have any questions or you would 18 like to RSVP for a complimentary visit, please contact current president Jeff Smith at jeff.smith@ 19 GARY HILL NETWORK: The Gary Hill Network meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Smryna Community Center, from 11 am – 1 pm. Call Gary Hill at 770-438-6961 if you are interested in attending a luncheon. HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Volunteer at VITAS Innovative Hospice Care® Patients and families in OUR community need YOUR help today! Become a volunteer and make a difference: Friendly visits, End of Life Review, Sew Memory Bears and comfort items, Pet-Pal Visits, Letter Writing, Veterans Support, Patient Feeding Call or email now! Betty A. Edwards, Volunteer Services Manager 678-398-2098


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